This week I decided to practice little pebbles. I also thought I'd try out the Derwent Inktense pencils I bought a couple of weeks ago.
I tried two different methods of using them.
FMQ the piece first, then colour in the drawing. I wet the colour to set it using water.
Advantage: easy to do and the quilting thread takes on the colour of the pencils
Disadvantage: the colour bled - pretty badly, in places. It even bled through the wadding and backing cotton in a couple of places. I didn't think the colours looked as strong in the finished piece. My guess is that some of the colour seeped into the batting, diluting the colour on the surface.
I ironed a piece of freezer paper to the white cotton top fabric, then drew and coloured with the pencils. I then applied textile medium with a very fine brush to the drawing. I removed the freezer paper, and once dry, I sandwiched the top, wadding and back together and FMQ'd it.
Advantage: easy to do. Better strength odf colour and definition.
Disadvantage: the thread used for FMQ stands out. I chose to go back over the threads with the pencils, but I could have used coloured threads for the FMQ.